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Modulation of intestinal health with pre & probiotics in Asia

The human microbiome has become the new frontier of life science as its widespread effects have piqued interest across, and in many cases unified, many fields of study. As the importance of the microbiome has begun to be elucidated, some markets have responded faster than others.

The Asian market generally, and the Chinese market specifically, are particularly enamored with modifying health outcomes via maintenance and modulation of intestinal health. 

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Calorie reduction: benefits of eating less energy dense food

Our bodies require constant maintenance to respond to the ever changing dynamics our lives present to them. Broadly speaking, our bodies respond to these changing dynamics, these stressors, by producing signals in the form of hormones and neurotransmitters which encourage corresponding behaviors. Positive feedback, where a behavior is rewarded by the release of a hormones and neurotransmitters that make us feel good or happy, and negative feedback, when the opposite happens, are the simplest examples of the behavioral recruitment campaigns our bodies are always waging.

Most bodily states, impulses, and needs are regulated by many factors which may be at odds with one another, some encouraging behaviors that others are discouraging. This can lead to a state of dysregulation wherein maladaptive behaviors are exhibited.

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More awareness on impact food on health

Worldwide more than 1.9 billion adults are overweight, of these over 650 million are obese [1], and over 422 million people have diabetes [2]. Physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are well known risk factors for these noncommunicable diseases which individuals can address for themselves. Consumers’ awareness of the influence they have on their own health appears to be steadily increasing.

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Low awareness on daily fiber intake: fiber gap persists

Professionals from all sectors of the food, nutrition, and health space have been urging consumers to include more fiber in their diet for decades. Despite this long-held attention and buzz around healthy food generally and fiber in particular, most consumers fall short in actually including enough fiber in their diets. 

Latest Sensus consumer research shows that European consumers state that fiber intake is important for gut health, but 85% of the consumers states not know the RDI of fiber.

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Gut microbiome modulation with dietary fibers to improve digestive health

Our intestines harbor a highly complex and dynamic community of microorganisms whose number greatly exceeds that of the human cells comprising our bodies. Gut microbiota have been shown to impact various physiological processes ranging from obesity, to energy metabolism, blood pressure control, glucose homeostasis and even cognitive processes and behavior. 

This opens an opportunity to improve health by modifying the composition of our gut microbiota.

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Boost fiber intake with FibreFebruary

UK research has shown that more than 90% of the UK consumers do not meet the recommended daily fiber intake of 30g. As bread is an important source for fiber intake the UK bread industry wants to address the importance of fiber. February is therefore turned into FibreFebruary.

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Sensus Nutritional Score Tool

Our most recent consumer survey showed that 2 in 3 European consumers already try to make healthy food choices. Therefore, consumers seem to adopt healthier lifestyles and make better food choices. How do consumers make the healthy choice? What to look for when making a quick, easy but also healthy choice? 

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Sugar reduction key issue new labeling

America is becoming even more serious about healthy eating. Widespread changes to the labeling of food products will help guide consumers towards healthier choices by specifying exactly what nutrients food products contain. As the new labeling regulations come into force, many manufacturers are already looking for healthier ingredients. Sensus chicory root fiber is a dietary fiber that provides natural sweetness. It enables significant sugar (and fat) reduction in food products, increases fiber content and enhances taste.

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First 1000 days of life

Inulin contributes to better health, right from the start. Inulin, a prebiotic chicory root fructan, applied in infant foods can selectively stimulate the beneficial intestinal bifidobacteria and thereby improve infant health.

A panel of international nutrition experts brought together by Sensus reviewed knowledge on chicory fructans in the first 1000 days of life including the latest research findings in infant gut microbiome development, health benefits from infant to child, and malnutrition in young children and pregnant mothers in developing and developed countries.

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New research brings opportunities in healthy food

New research commissioned by Sensus has revealed that consumers in Europe harbor a strong interest in a healthier diet. The results of a recent consumer perception survey indicate an opportunity for food manufacturers to satisfy consumer needs by developing healthier products with clear benefits.

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Asian consumers go for natural and health

Consumer interest in healthier foods in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow, with consumers opting for food products with natural ingredients. In addition, they are looking for functional foods with demonstrable benefits that can reduce the risk of disease and/or promote good health.

Interest in products that can help improve digestive health in particular is growing, as well as in those that can help reduce sugar and fat in food and drinks. New healthier food- and drink products that are made from natural ingredients with proven effects on health, like chicory root fiber, could play an important role in meeting the emerging demands of Asia-Pacific consumers.

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Fresh insights on sugar reduction

New research has delivered fresh insights into the views of European consumers on healthy eating. A new survey, commissioned by Sensus, has revealed that reducing sugar intake is emerging as a key concern amongst many European consumers: more than 60% of those surveyed monitor their dietary sugar intake and 25% actively search for low sugar food products.

The survey also explored consumer perceptions of artificial sweeteners and natural alternatives to sugar, such as chicory root fibre, in decreasing the sugar content of foods.

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US consumers interested in fiber to improve health

Half of US consumers surveyed say the fiber level of a specific food product influences their purchase decision. The association between protein and fiber is on trend. 51% of US consumers thinks the combination of protein and fiber makes them feel full for longer. Read more about this study and download the whitepaper or click here for the summary.

 

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Inulin proven effects on reducing glycemic response

Food Manufacturers: Stem the Tide of Rising Diabetes Rates

Increasing studies support the importance of a reduced glycemic response within our diet contributing, amongst others, to potentially lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes. A new EU regulation on health claims for non-digestible carbohydrates in improving Glycemic Response has been made official in May 2016

Food industry can now satisfy consumer need by developing products with chicory root fiber that reduce glycemic response and lower sugar content so also reducing the caloric intake, and that taste as good as the original foods.

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Reduce fat by 70% with inulin


A study by the Technical University of Valencia shows how Sensus inulin can be used to substantially reduce fat in cakes without compromising taste and texture. The researchers were able to reduce the fat content of sponge cakes by 70% by including inulin in the formulation, whilst maintaining proper sensory characteristics. 

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Healthy and tasty chocolate

Sensus research has revealed that inulin can be added to different types of chocolate, providing new opportunities for the food industry to create healthy sugar-free and no-added-sugar products. Based on extensive investigation, Sensus has discovered that inulin provides a strong alternative to sucrose as a sweetener to develop sugar reduced chocolate products. In fact, when combined with bulking agents and high-intensity sweeteners, inulin can be used to produce tasty and no-added-sugar chocolate.

Read our technical paper to get inspired about how you can produce healthy, tasty chocolate. Or read an article about this topic in the press.

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Inulin and weight management

A raised awareness of the consequences of obesity is increasingly reflected in consumer preferences. Food manufacturers must address this issue by producing foods that are both tasty and cater to consumers' health concerns.

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Bakery study: consumers ready to pay for healthier products

Based on a survey of over 800 UK consumers, Sensus has discovered that the demand for healthy, good-tasting food is on the rise and that consumers are willing to pay a premium for it. A growing number of consumers is health-conscious and increasingly seeking healthy food products. In fact, today’s savvy – namely younger – consumers are paying more attention to food packaging to determine ingredients and caloric levels. Download the white paper to read more about this consumer survey.

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Opportunities with fiber enrichment

In response to a growing consumer awareness around healthy eating, many multinational food companies are reducing the amount of sodium, sugars and trans fats in their products. But a tremendous market opportunity lies in what these companies can add to their products.

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Fiber intake UK below recommendations

Recent outcomes of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) showed that fiber intake in the UK remained below recommendations in the years between 2008/2009 and 2016/2017. This was the case in all age and sex groups. Men aged 19 to 64 years increased their fiber intake significantly with 2.4g/day over the 9 years, but their fiber intake is still below recommendation.

The survey is designed to assess the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general UK population. Each year about 500 adults and 500 children participate. The survey is carried out on behalf of Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency to monitor progress toward diet and to develop policy interventions.

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Top motivations for buying food products:

1. Good-tasting food
2. Good value for the price
3. A price I can afford
4. Something I know my kids will like
5. Others

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Health experts together to get Action on Sugar

Health experts together to get Action on SugarHealth experts from around the world have united to tackle and reverse the obesity and diabetes epidemic, which is evolving in countries worldwide. Action on Sugar is a public health campaign to make the public more aware of the impact of sugar on health.

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